Believe it or not, there are a few different areas in your kitchen that happen to be as dirty, if not dirtier, than your garbage can. And the most shocking part of it all? Many homeowners are utterly unaware that this could be a factor in their own culinary space. Before scrubbing down your entire kitchen, here are a few, surprisingly dirtiest spots to know about and how to clean them.
The Dirtiest Spots in a Kitchen
By a show of hands, how many of you have a cutting board in your kitchen? And if you do, is it made from plastic or wood? Regardless, this kitchen essential happens to be one of the dirtiest objects in the room.
Think about it: Raw meat rests upon the board before you dice it up for dinner. And if not cleaned after each use, fragments of your uncooked ingredients can seep into the surface, contaminating anything else that touches it.
However, cleaning your cutting board is a rather simple process. To give it a deep-clean, put it in the dishwasher at a super hot temperature, and let the cycle run. Once complete, your board will be much cleaner than before! Pro Tip: If your cutting board has been around for quite some time, toss it out and purchase a new one!
You probably didn’t see this one coming, but a knife block can get quite dirty over time. Even though your finest culinary cutting instruments are typically cleaned before “returning home,” there’s a chance that food particles (and other germs) can still linger within the slots.
To keep yourself in the clear, you’ll have to wash this “apartment complex” for your knives — here’s how:
- First, take all of your cutlery out of the block and put them in the dishwasher.
- Next, flip the block upside down (over a garbage can) and get any loose remnants out of it.
- After that, let your cutlery “housing complex” sit in warm water and dish soap for a few minutes.
- Once complete, wash off any remaining suds and let your block fully dry before putting your cutlery back in their compartments.
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